Negotiations Update 09-15-2015

As part of the ongoing negotiations between the District and ETA for the 2015-16 school year, the District and ETA met on September 15, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The District presented a package proposal. The District proposed eliminating most of its previously-proposed language changes (from the prior session) with the exception of a couple clean-up items. The proposal included continuing the 3% salary increase that is set to expire June 30, 2016 on an ongoing basis and continuing the monthly $80 increase in District contributions to health and welfare benefits (also set to expire June 30, 2016), bringing the District’s contribution to $986 monthly, per 1.0 FTE, on an ongoing basis. There was a brief discussion about the mutual desire to update Article 20.3B related to credit for military experience when placing employees on the salary schedule.

ETA responded with a package proposal to include the 3% salary increase ongoing plus an additional 2% ongoing increase effective July 1, 2015. ETA also proposed continuing the District contribution to health and welfare benefits in the amount of $986 monthly as stated in the District’s proposal. The ETA proposal included the restoration of Steps 24 and 27 retroactive to July 1, 2015. The proposal included proposed language changes under Article 20.3B and some language clean-up items.

The District and ETA discussed salary step placement credit for military experience and reached agreement on this item.

We are scheduled to meet again October 14, 2015 to continue negotiations.